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Mary Schimke is Managing Editor for Energy Media Group. Mary Schimke is Editor at Energy Media Group. She brings to the table 15 years of teaching, editing, and management experience. She graduated in 1999 from Minot State University with a BS in Education and a major in English. She has worked as a freelance editor for several independent clients in a variety of disciplines. Mary is currently a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University studying literary theory, criticism, and writing.

Hawaii receives first LNG shipment

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Hawaii received its first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) this week via container ship. Hawaii Gas has been providing gas service to Hawaiians for over 100 years and has now taken the plunge to diversify its product base in an attempt to lower prices for customers. Hawaiians currently pay the highest gas and electricity prices in the United States, ...

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Basin employers strive for good work environment

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By Rachael Gleason, The Midland Reporter-Telegram Midlanders recall tough times and ruined fortunes after a promising oil boom turned sour more than three decades ago. Major oil corporations shut down and shipped out, businesses called it quits and banks failed as the demand for oil dried up in the 1980s. The nationwide oil glut left Midland in the dust. West ...

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Watchdog hopes Duke will clean up Saluda dump

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An environmental watchdog group hopes Duke Energy will clean up its coal ash ponds along the Saluda River — if not, the $50 billion utility could face more legal trouble over its Carolina operations. Duke officials acknowledged Monday before the South Carolina’s Public Service Commission that heavy metals from its coal ash dumps at the W.S. Lee Steam Station near ...

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Senate hears pleas for gas exports to Europe

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by Matthew Daly WASHINGTON (AP) — Calls to begin U.S. natural gas exports to Europe to counter Russian influence across the continent grew louder Tuesday amid concerns that Russia will move deeper into Ukraine. Lithuania’s energy minister, Jaroslav Neverovic, pleaded in emotional terms for U.S. help, saying his country is “100 percent” dependent on Russia for natural gas and has ...

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U.S. lawmakers to weigh speeding up LNG exports to help Europe, Ukraine

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(Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will hear testimony on Tuesday from those who favor loosening restrictions on liquefied natural gas exports so that abundant American supplies could help reduce Ukraine and Europe’s dependence on Russian gas. European worries about the security of energy supplies have grown since Russian forces seized control of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine this month. Moscow has in years past cut gas supplies ...

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‘Significant’ oil spill closes US ship channel

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat. A barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of the heavy oil collided with a ship ...

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Update: Name released in oil rig death near Killdeer

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Investigations are still ongoing in the death of a 32-year-old man who was killed after a fall from an oil rig west of Killdeer, North Dakota, on Thursday. According to Eric Brooks, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration area director, Kristopher Barnes of Minot died after being struck by traveling blocks. He became trapped beneath the blocks while working on ...

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U.S., Russia impose dueling travel bans; Obama opens door to Russian energy sanctions

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday sanctioned several top Russian politicians and key business oligarchs with ties to Vladimir Putin, raising the stakes in a blossoming international crisis and opening the door for targeting Russia’s vital energy sector. Three days after targeting 11 of Putin’s ideological allies in response to his plans to annex the Crimean peninsula, the White House ...

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Illinois county’s voters reject fracking measure

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By Bob Downing, Akron Beacon Journal (AP) — Voters in southern Illinois’ Johnson County have rejected a ballot referendum that could have prompted the county’s governing board to restrict a form of oil drilling. The ballot measure involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was defeated by a 600-vote margin. More than 2,220 people voted against the provision, while about 1,600 supported it. The ...

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Mexico’s Pemex mulls crude imports, more exports to India, Japan

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Pemex <PEMX.UL> is considering crude imports to boost local refinery output, but at the same time, it expects to sell more oil to India and Japan to diversify its export markets. The state-owned company could begin imports of light and intermediate crudes as early as this year to improve production of higher-value refined products like ...

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